News & Announcements

Library Teams with Legal Experts to Put Virtual Sessions on Program Docket

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has announced a partnership with Central Arkansas Legal Services to host Lawyers in the Library, a series of presentations on navigating the unique legal challenges related to COVID-19. These presentations are conducted by legal experts and funded by grants from the Legal Services Corporation to supply disaster-related legal aid for both the pandemic and the 2019 flood.


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CALS Announces New Dates for 2020 Six Bridges Book Festival

Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11, 2020. The event will still include popular events such as Author! Author!, Little Readers Rock (in partnership with the Junior League of Little Rock), and the teen poetry competition. CALS Speaker Series author Tim O’Brien and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson,


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2020 Six Bridges Book Festival Postponed

Due to concerns regarding the COVID-19, CALS has made the decision to postpone the Fest until the fall. We hope all will understand. CALS is currently closed until at least May 11, with all public programs suspended at least through May 9.

We had a terrific event planned for April, and we certainly thank everyone for their work.


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CALS Max Milam Library Invites Community to Dedication, Reception

The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Max Milam Library, 609 Aplin Avenue, Perryville, will rename its meeting room in honor of Charlie May Simon. Simon, a noteworthy author of children’s literature and nonfiction, was a resident of Perry County during the Great Depression and had a fondness for the people and lifeways of the region.


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Six Bridges Book Festival Brings New Vision for Annual Festival

CALS presents a stellar line-up for the seventeenth annual celebration of the written word

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) presents the seventeenth annual Six Bridges Book Festival, April 23-26. More than 60 award-winning and best-selling authors, including some whose work has been adapted for the big and small screen, will discuss wide-ranging topics and genres from comedy to thrillers,


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CALS Receives Community Change Grant from America Walks

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is honored to receive one of the 19 Community Change Grants awarded by America Walks for use in 2020. The program, now in its fifth year and supported by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, Lyft, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD), Oregon Walks,


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Tidy Your Nest with KonMari at CALS

Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is hosting a series of workshops focusing on the revolutionary KonMari Method of organizing. Workshops begin Tuesday, January 7, and are free and open to the public.

The KonMari Method uses a category-by-category system instead of a traditional room-by-room approach to organizing. KonMari encourages keeping only those things that speak to the heart.


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Central Arkansas Library System Partnered with Entegrity to reduce Energy Waste with a $3.8 Million Energy Savings Performance Contract

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) consists of over 424,900 square feet of facilities spread across a variety of locations including fifteen libraries, support facilities, and the downtown Ron Robinson Theater. In 2017, CALS partnered with the Arkansas Energy Office to find an ideal solution for becoming more energy efficient and improve operations. After an evaluation of several qualified vendors,


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